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Riga: The Darkest 50 Years Private Tour

Product ID: 143163
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It’s been more than 25 years since Latvia was declared an independent country, so you won’t easily find many Soviet-style buildings or districts – the city has changed its face a lot since then.
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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  • Learn about the historical development of Latvia
  • Discover what daily life was like for locals who lived in Riga during the Soviet era
  • Gaze down on the city’s Soviet-era sites
  • Explore the Russian corner of the city and visit the Riga Central Market
  • Enjoy a Soviet-style snack and drink in a Soviet-style café
  • Visit the museum of Occupation and KGB building
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Have you ever wondered how life was under Soviet or Nazi occupation? This is your chance to get a taste of the Latvia Occupation era and learn about the past life of Riga. On this tour, explore a whole different side of the city by visiting sites and areas that transfer you into the past. Learn about daily life back in these dark times and get to know more about the country's history under the Russian and Nazi regimes.

Your tour begins with a visit to the Riga Panorama Observation deck at a building often called ‘Stalin’s birthday cake’ – one of the few sites from the Soviet era that are still standing. From this high perch, your guide will give you an overview of the city, pointing out the most famous sites of Soviet times, such as the Riga TV tower and a blockhouse area called Kengarags. Back on ground level, stroll through the Riga Ghetto museum and the Riga Central Market, where you can get a closer view of areas that haven’t changed much since 1990.

Afterwards, move towards the Old Town to visit more sites that are connected to the time of the occupation. Before visiting the Museum of Occupation, enjoy a Soviet-style snack and drink in a true Soviet-style café and bar. Finish your Riga tour at the KGB building – one of the darkest places in Latvia, the so-called ‘Checka.’ If you’re brave enough, after visiting the main exhibition, you can even explore the basement’s prison cells (not included in tour price).
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to observation deck
  • One Soviet-style snack and drink
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Transportation to/from the meeting and end point
  • Visit to KGB building basement prison cells (5 EUR/person)
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

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Meeting point

"Laima" clock near the Monument of Freedom, on the corner of Brīvības blv. and Aspazijas blv.; Aspazijas Blv. 20

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• This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above, please select ‘child’ above when booking
• Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge, please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6
• For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people

From US$ 51.94 per person

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Product ID: 143163